Combined Authority Sustainability Benchmarking Technical Report – analysis of metrics

Date of the resource

July 2017

Author of the resource


Purpose of the resource

Sustainability West Midlands (SWM) is the sustainability delivery partner for the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA). This report is part of an ongoing support programme to help the WMCA integrate sustainability within its strategy and operations, drawing on good local and national practice.

This report provides an overview and analysis of the data used to underpin sustainability performance and monitoring in the WMCA area and how these compare to the eight other CAs areas in England.

Key findings

Environment Progress

  • The WMCA has made better than average progress at reducing its overall and per capita emissions in the years 2010 to 2014 but remains the CA region that emits more carbon than any other.
  • The West Midlands breached air quality standards on more days than in any other CA region in 2016 and air quality is not significantly improving.
  • LEPs that make up the WMCA are performing slightly lower than average on tackling climate change when compared to the other CA areas.

Social Progress

  • Health inequality is slightly lower in the WMCA than in other CA areas, but remains high overall. The gap between male and female health inequality is lower in the WMCA than in any other CA area.

Economic Progress

  • The West Midlands is performing well in economic productivity compared to other CA areas; but has a lower than average performance per head.

Recommendations to the WMCA include: gaps in indicators, consistency of data and presentation, clear accountability and integrated working, clear annual reporting, resource to drive objectives and reporting of metrics into the WMCA and partners project systems, and more action required on air quality and health inequality.

Links and contact information

Please contact SWM on 0121 237 5890 or at for more information.


WMCA Sustainability Metrics Report vFinal July 2017